Britany Riley , Julia Sherman  //  8/11/17  //  Daily Update

Transgender service members challenge the President's proposed ban on military service by transgender people. The President talks about war with North Korea, and commentary ensues about whether the President legally could order a military strike there. And the Administration delays an Obama-era rule governing the relationship between financial advisers and their clients.



Five transgender service members are challenging President Trump’s proposed reversal of the military’s transgender service policy, writes Helen Klein Murillo (Lawfare). 

  • The complaint is available here. 



President Trump’s voter fraud commission risks being a target for hackers, reports Geoff Mulvihill (PBS Newshour). 



President Trump has escalated his warnings to North Korea, stating that his previous comments were possibly not harsh enough (NYT, WaPo, WSJ). 

  • Attacking North Korea would be illegal, writes Zachary Price at Take Care. 
  • Marty Lederman also thinks that President Trump cannot lawfully strike North Korea without congressional approval (Take Care). 
  • Nevertheless, President Trump might still launch an attack without congressional authorization, writes Ilya Somin (WaPo). 
  • The United States should not give up on diplomatic solutions to North Korea’s nuclear capabilities, argues Susan E. Rice (NYT).
  • If President Trump decides to launch of preemptive strike, his senior military advisers have few other options, notes Dan Lamothe (WaPo).
  • President Trump’s threats are clumsy and unlikely to change North Korea’s calculus or behavior, argues Eric Gomez at the Cato Institute. 
  • The New York Times provides an outline of self-defense and international law with regards to the situation in North Korea here. 

The Trump Administration is apparently considering whether to privatize a large portion of the war in Afghanistan (WaPo, USA Today). 

  • Such a plan would risk significant problems that could undermine the military’s mission, writes Laura Dickinson (Just Security). 



FCC Chairman Ajit Pai faces calls to recuse himself from FCC decision-making regarding capping prison phone call rates due to his relationship with former client and prison phone service provider Securus Technologies (Ars Technica). 



A Bipartisan health care fix is possible, but there are a number of talking points lawmakers should consider, suggest Joseph Antos and James Capretta on Health Affairs Blog.  

The Trump Administration requested a delay in implementation of the Obama-era rule requiring financial advisers to act in their customers’ best interest (NYT). 



Writing on his own blog, Eric Posner evaluates the chances that President Trump will be impeached.



The raid of former Trump advisor Paul Manafort’s home suggests that Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation had probable cause to believe the search would uncover time-sensitive evidence of a crime, argues Julian Sanchez on Just Security. 

  • The President claims the raid was “pretty tough stuff.” (Politico)

President Trump thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for saving the U.S. money, after President Putin’s decision to expel a significant number of State Department staff from Russia (NYT, WaPo, Politico).

Daily Update | January 17, 2018

1/17/18  //  Daily Update

The Department of Justice will ask that the Supreme Court immediately review a district court ruling that required the government to continue the DACA program. In light of the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, commentators reflected on the President’s legacy on issues of race. The Office for Civil Rights within the Department of Education is rejecting discrimination complaints from transgender students. 22 state attorneys general have filed suit to enjoin the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality. A military doctor claims Trump got a perfect score on a test designed to identify cognitive impairment, concluding the president “does not suffer from mental issues that prevent him from functioning in office.”

Daily Update | January 15, 2018

1/15/18  //  Daily Update

Following a federal court ruling, the Trump Administration will begin accepting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals applications again. A leaked copy of the Pentagon’s Nuclear Posture Review shows that the government wants to update the nuclear arsenal with new types of weapons. The Trump Administration approved Kentucky’s plan to impose work requirements for Medicaid recipients, paving the way for other conservative states to follow suit.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

Jacqueline Sahlberg

Harvard Law School

Daily Update | January 12, 2018

1/12/18  //  Daily Update

The latest episode of Versus Trump dives into a recent lawsuit against the Trump administration—by its former campaign chairman Paul Manafort. President Trump disparaged Haiti and Africa in talks about the bipartisan immigration bill. In tweets, President Trump wavered between opposition and support of the FISA Reauthorization. On the 16th anniversary of the prison’s founding, Guantanamo Bay prisoners filed a mass habeas petition. The Trump Administration said that states may impose work requirements for Medicaid.

Samantha Jaffe

Michigan Law

Helen Marie Berg

Michigan Law